When I have to wake up a little bit earlier than normal

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When I have to wake up a little bit earlier than normal

I wake up every thirty minutes or so

Look at the clock

And do the math – figuring how much longer I have to sleep

But it takes me longer than most people

Because I’m terrible at math.

And then I think,

“Might as well get up and do some Algebra while I’m at it.”

Then I lay still

And quiet

And try to breathe deeply

Because I read somewhere that’s how you make yourself sleep.

Then my husband makes a noise

Kind of a mix between a cough, a snore, and a hiccup

And it makes me laugh

I look at the clock and do the math.

And I have to get still and quiet again.

Feel the breeze on my arm from the ceiling fan

Turn my pillow over

Lay still

And quiet

And try to breathe deeply

Shoot, I have to go to the bathroom.

 

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